Corporal punishment, not the best mode of discipline
Child Development and Women's Affairs Minister Tissa Karalliyadda
expressing concern over dangerous types of corporal punishment meted out
by school teachers to students said that children should be disciplined
without using any type of harmful physical punishment.
The Minister paid special attention to a recent incident where a
deputy principal of a school in Gampaha was assaulted by a parent for
reprimanding his daughter, (a student in the school) for not wearing the
uniform to the prescribed length, shaving eyebrows and also applying
Minister Karalliyadda told the Junior Observer that such incidents
would not happen if Parent - Teachers Associations (PTAs) conduct
meetings on a regular basis to bridge the gap between teachers, parents
and students and strengthen their understanding of their specific roles
He said educating students about school regulations by teachers is
very important rather than imposing strict rules and forcing them to
refrain from bad habits and behaviour.
Recalling his school days at Nalanda College, Colombo, the Minister
said teachers and principals in the olden days warned children about
proper conduct and achieved results by using only canes. No harsh
physical punishments had been carried out at any time.
He therefore urged school teachers to refrain from resorting to
corporal punishment as this could not only cause severe injuries to
children but also result in some of them giving up future educational
School boy invents eco-friendly duster
A Didula Loliya with his invention.
A Didula Loliya, a 11-year-old Grade 6 student of St. Mary's College,
Matugama has invented an eco-friendly duster which protects teachers and
students from chalk dust.
When the duster is used, the dust is collected inside a box
preventing its spread.
He won a certificate at a competition for young inventors and
photographers held at the C.W.W. Kannangara National School, Matugama
recently. He told the Junior Observer, "I was inspired to invent the
duster for three reasons. My class teacher gets ill very often due to
chalk dust .Recently my left eye was operated and the doctors said chalk
dust is extremely harmful during the post operation period.
Apart from that, teachers spend money to buy whiteboard markers which
are very expensive. So, if we have a protective way of using chalk, it
is ideal for writing purposes.
First, I hope to manufacture some dusters for my school. They can be
manufactured at less than Rs: 300 each. I have applied for a patent
license from the authorities.
News in Brief
Colombo planetarium to be revamped
The Government has taken measures to improve the facilities at the
country's only planetarium in Colombo. The Full Dome Project System will
project the universe as a 3-dimensional space.The upgrade will be made
on the recommendation of the Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee at
a cost of US$ 1.33 million.
The Cabinet of Ministers has approved a proposal made by Minister of
Technology and Research, Pavithra Wanniarachchi to award a contract for
the supply and installation of a 4D/digital Full Dome Project System.
The planetarium, which was built in 1965 as an exhibit for an
industrial exhibition, mostly serves in educating school children.
Vehicle horn noises to be monitored
The Central Environment Authority (CEA) of Sri Lanka is to commence
noise level monitoring as soon as the Motor Traffic Act is amended.
CEA Chairman, Charitha Herath has said that noise level monitoring
would be implemented once noise pollution is included in the Motor
Steps will be taken by the CEA to purchase 100 noise level monitoring
metres at a cost of Rs.30 million to check the noise levels of vehicle
horns. The CEA is to distribute monitoring machines among the police and
Motor Traffic Department as the monitoring would be carried out by them.
According to the Gazette, the noise level of vehicle horns should not
exceed 105 decibels at a distance of two metres and 93 decibels at a
distance of seven metres .Therefore, horns will be tested at seven metre
and two metre distances.
third highest killer in Sri Lanka
Medical Specialists of the Colombo Chest Clinic say, over two million
Sri Lankans are presently suffering from asthma.They comprise 25 per
cent of children and 10 per cent of adults. Asthma has increased in Sri
Lanka by 50 per cent during the past 10 years.
Addressing a seminar at the Health Education Bureau recently to mark
the World No Tobacco Day they said asthma is the third highest killer in
Sri Lanka. Over 300 million in the world suffer from asthma which can be
cured through long term treatment.
According to them, treatment is available in Sri Lanka for asthma.
Special police units to protect artefacts
Police have set up a special unit to provide security to ancient
The special unit has been established to protect archaeological sites
and artefacts and prevent illegal excavation work in these areas.
The police have established five sub units under this new division in
Kandy, Trincomalee, Ampara, Kurunegala and Anuradhapura Districts.Each
of the units would monitor the areas for any violation of laws related
to archaeological sites and artefacts.
According to Police spokesperson ,Superintendent of Police, Ajith
Rohana these units would work under the supervision of the Deputy
Inspector General of Police of the respective area.and an Inspector of
Police or a Chief Inspector of Police would be appointed as the officer
in-charge of the respective police units.
Minister of National Heritage, Dr. Jagath Balasuriya last week said
in parliament that 1,381 people have been arrested for treasure hunting,
robberies, illegal excavations, and selling of antiques. The laws
regarding the country's archaeological treasure will be amended to
increase the penalties for those who violate the laws.